Free Public Lecture
Friday, October 20th, 7:30 pm
Convocation Hall Theological Hall
Queen’s University, Kingston Ont.

In 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission issued 94 Calls to Action [pdf], providing a roadmap for reconciliation. Number 6 calls upon the Government of Canada to remove the law that allows corporal punishment of children.

In the Church (today and in the past), corporal punishment has been based on narrow interpretations of the Bible. Yet the Bible and Jesus’ own teachings value children as gifts to the whole community and as bearers of God’s Image. This lecture explores how a deeper understanding of the Bible and a richer theology of childhood strengthens the Church’s commitment in the areas of reconciliation and child protection, and help us all to honour the full humanity and contributions of children.


  • Dr. Joan Durrant, Full Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • The Rt. Rev. Mark MacDonald, National Anglican Indigenous Bishop
  • The Rev. Dr. Valerie Michaelson, Post Doctoral Fellow, The School of Religion and the Department of Public Health Sciences, Queen’s University
  • The Rev. Dr. Bill Morrow, Full Professor, The School of Religion, Queen’s University

This event is made possible by generous grants from:
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Canada 150 The School of Religion, Queen’s University